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Nagarahole and Kabini - Wildlife Experience

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by nkrishnap, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. nkrishnap

    nkrishnap Staff Member Janitor

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    It was almost a month that I did any safaris in Nagarahole and Kabini. News of regular sightings of the Black Panther did not help one bit to keep the urge low. Managed to take a couple of days off from office and I was all set to go.

    Day 1 – 2nd June 2016

    Started off 2 am towards Damankatte. A leisure drive ensured I reached the forest office by 5.45 am with a couple of coffee breaks. Did not take the first safari for 2 reasons. One the duration is quite short and the lighting is quite poor.

    The safari bus arrived by 7.20 am and we were off. Decent sightings for the 2 plus hours drive in the forests.

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    Tuskers

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    Continued in the next post
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    Day 1 continued.

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    Backwaters with no water and dry.

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    Came back to the forest office around 9.45 am. Phone rings in a few minutes. I get a news that my uncle has expired. I immediately drove back to Bangalore for the funeral.
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    nkrishnap Staff Member Janitor

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    Day 2 - 3rd June 2016

    Was back ready to leave by 1.30 am. This time, my good friend who is completely into Wildlife Conservation and Photography joined me. I dropped my car his place (thanks to the left pulling and wobbling issue, will explain in my ownership thread) and we drove along in his wolfed Linea. A couple of smoke + tea breaks, we were at the safari counter in Nagarahole by 6.40 am. We took the regular bus and we were off.

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    These wild dogs brought down a spotted deer fawn, we saw a live hunt. Hunt sequence in a separate post

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    This bird was watching all the action

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    Crested Serpent Eagle

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    Hawk Eagle

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    Post the Safari, we headed to the forest office canteen for a nice breakfast. Played around with a kitten (cross between domestic cat and jungle cat) for a while and then headed off towards Damankatte office through Kutta - Bavali route.

    Day 2 Continued in the next post.
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    Day 2 continued

    A leisure drove from Nagarahole to Damankatte

    This is the route we took. Nagarahole - Kutta - Tholpetty - Kattikulam - Bavali - Balle - Damankatte

    This time we took both the safaris 3 pm and 4.30 pm one.

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    Sambar Deer

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    Indian Roller

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    Indian Guar

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    Dholes aka Wild Dogs

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    My weapon

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    Safari ended by 6.40 pm. We decided to drive back to Bangalore. The drive was uneventful, except for pouring rain as we neared Bidadi. Many people simply do not know how to drive in rain. With the delay with slow moving traffic, finally was able to reach home by 12.10 am.

    The black panther and a Tigress was sighting in a separate post.
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    Tiger and Black Panther

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    Day 3 - 5th June 2016

    A day's break on the 4th June and we were off again to Bandipur. World Environment day what better to do than visit the forests.

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    Post safari, drove down to Gundlupet for breakfast after seeing the atrocious prices for breakfast at the Bandipur canteen. It was worse than a daylight robbery. After breakfast in Gundlupet we decided to return home for two reasons without doing more safaris.

    1. MotoGP Race - The return was worth for the brilliant race and masterful ride from the DOCTOR 46
    2. My friend had to attend a function late evening on Sunday.
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    Dhole Hunt Sequence

    A spotted deer fawn is separated from its herd and is driven into a water hole. These two keep a watch while the fawn is surrounded by the other dholes.

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    One of the dholes sees the fawn nearing the end of the pond, comes quickly and drive it back to the middle to tire it out.

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    Another one joins

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    The two dholes enter into the water and try to drown the fawn.

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    With all the action happening another dhole keeps guard and ensure there is no escape for the fawn.

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    We had to move as the safari timings were about to end and one gentleman was more interested to see sight a tiger and leave out the climax of the hunt.

    We came back to the spot and found the dholes finished the fawn and there was no trace of the carcass left.

    Had a wonderful opportunity to experience a hunt live.
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  8. zenwalker

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    Nice travelogue.
    Wow you are damn lucky to spot the tiger, not that other animals are important, but tiger sighting in considered very lucky.

    I was very unlucky to have not witness any tiger either at Ranthambore nor at Jim Corbett :( Though at both places we went twice for safari :(

    Soon ill do nagarhole and bandipur. Hope to see prince ;)
  9. PradeepM

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    Amazing clicks and crisp writeup. Thank you for sharing :)

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